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chitin

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noun chi·tin \ˈkī-tən\

Definition of chitin

  1. :  a horny polysaccharide (C8H13NO5)n that forms part of the hard outer integument especially of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans

chi·tin·ous play \ˈkī-tən-əs, ˈkīt-nəs\ adjective


Origin of chitin

French chitine, from Greek chitōn


First Known Use: circa 1839


Medical Dictionary

chitin

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noun chi·tin \ˈkīt-ən\

Medical Definition of chitin

  1. :  a horny polysaccharide that forms part of the hard outer integument especially of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans

  2. chi·tin·ous \ˈkīt-ən-əs, ˈkīt-nəs\play adjective




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "chitin" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "chitin"


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